Summary: Message from the President February 2009
We see the evidence all around us the emergence of a "new Saskatchewan" as the
province changes culturally, economically and demographically. We also see evidence of
change in our own University of Regina community. New facilities have been constructed.
Enrolment patterns are changing. Research innovation is growing. Technology continues to
advance. And, perhaps most importantly, a generation of students with new interests,
needs and backgrounds bring with them educational expectations that we must meet and
In this environment, the University of Regina must not only respond to change, but must
lead it. In order to do that, we need a clear vision of our future, and a clear plan to get
there. At the same time, we must remain accountable to the public and our funders, and
have a means by which we can evaluate our progress.
In January, the University embarked on a strategic planning process to help us create a new
plan for the future a plan that will define what our university will look like in five years and
beyond, and will guide our actions and decisions.
Openness and inclusiveness are at the heart of this six- month strategic planning initiative.
I've asked Dr. Thomas Chase, dean of the Faculty of Arts, to lead a broadly-based
facilitation team that will consult widely with both internal stakeholders and with members
of the communities that surround and support us. The members of the team are listed
below. Associate Vice-President Brian Christie and his staff in the Office of Resource